The donation includes more than 71,000 mattresses, 75,000 bed sheets, 86,000 blankets, 99,000 kitchen sets and 205,000 pillows. The donation, a joint effort between Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group, has a total estimated retail value of approximately EUR 9 million.
“More than a year after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, an estimated 13 million people remain uprooted from their homes, including over 8 million refugees across Europe and more than 5 million internally displaced people within the country”, says Karolina Lindholm Billing, UNHCR Representative in Ukraine.
UNHCR continues to be on the ground providing crucial assistance to address immediate humanitarian needs and emerging protection challenges.
“The war in Ukraine is a human tragedy. Many stakeholders and organisations need to work together to provide humanitarian aid to people forcibly displaced. The IKEA business has been supporting organisations such as NGOs such as UNHCR, UNICEF, and Save the Children since the beginning of the invasion. Our relief support has included both monetary and in-kind donations to children and their families”, says Malin Pettersson Beckeman, Sustainability Engagement & Communications Manager Inter IKEA Group.
Marcin Majchrzak, who works with customer fulfilment for Ingka Group, the largest IKEA retailer, says the company began organising the logistical aspects of the Ingka Group emergency community support work a few days after the war began in 2022. To date, a total of 23 Ingka Group markets have been actively donating products to support Ukrainians fleeing to other countries as well as internally displaced people within Ukraine.
“We made a decision very early to support the victims of the war, and we knew we could utilise our supply chain and fulfilment strengths”, Majchrzak says.
With a large presence in Eastern Europe, IKEA has been able to manufacture and secure large quantities of products and rely on many major companies and suppliers in the supply chain to work together to move quickly and with high volumes to make these deliveries.
“It’s been one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever taken part in”, Majchrzak says.